Wow! This unit is a student favorite! This product bundles 7 lessons that can be used as a collection or each lesson can be used in isolation. Each lesson includes student based activities that directly align with 8 different songs from the incredibly popular, Hamilton Musical. Student interest is peaked when the power of music is brought into the classroom. Students use the lyrics to participate in close reading, historical analysis and vocabulary building skills. The lessons also include creative tasks and role playing opportunities. Lessons focus on U.S. History content standards- covering topics like the American Revolutionary War, George Washington's Presidency, and the Growth of the early U.S. Political Parties.
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8 songs: Alexander Hamilton, Right Hand Man, Guns and Ships, What Comes Next, Cabinet Battles 1 & 2, One Last Time, Who Tells Your Story?
When doing close reading of the lyrics these strategies can be effective:
1)Teacher start by playing the song and students silently read along
2) As a class or in pairs students highlight main ideas, circle and define challenging vocabulary
3) Teacher guides the class in annotating historical references
Lyrics are provided and cited with the lesson materials, but this product DOES NOT include access to the audio of the songs. Teachers may purchase the Hamilton Musical soundtrack or use district technology access online. Read lyrics closely before implementing the lessons, some language may not be appropriate for Elementary grades.
A teacher resource for historical annotations: https://genius.com/albums/Original-broadway-cast-of-hamilton/Hamilton-original-broadway-cast-recording